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35 OVER 35 + L.A. TIMES BOOK CRITIC NOD TO 'LATE BLOOMERS'
I am honored to be included in this year's  35 Over 35 , which  celebrates 35 debuts in 2016 by writers over 35. Writer Kera Yonker and publicist Sarah Russo began the list in 2014. Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin wrote a column,  "Celebrating Late...

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LA AMERICANA PHOTO SHOOT
Today begins the official six-month countdown to my book launch and yes, I'm a ball of nerves. I am also eternally grateful to be surrounded by supremely talented women like Chia Chong of Chia Chong Photography , Jules de Jesus Fritz of  Dollface by Jules  ...

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BOOK COVER + OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE!
Skyhorse's design team rocked it with my book cover! I also got word that the official release date for La Americana is July 5, 2016. So incredibly excited.

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TOP CHEF'S HUGH ACHESON DISHES ON HIS NEWEST COOKBOOK (OUT TODAY) + A RECIPE
Hugh Acheson/Photo by Emily
B. Hall Bravo
Channel’s Top Chef judge and James
Beard award winner, Hugh Acheson, releases The
Broad Fork: Recipes for a Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit ( Random House)
today.  In it produce takes the main stage while Hugh no...

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STYLE MAVEN LIBBIE SUMMERS
Photo shoot for Thom Magazine in Savannah Such a pleasure to write my latest piece on Libbie Summers for Thom Magazine.  Tapped by Oprah's OWN Channel, Elle, Vogue, Huffington Post, Food Network and many others to work her styling magic, Libbie is a creativ...

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered: A Book Deal!
Wedding Day - Havana, Cuba 2003 I a m thrilled to report that after roughly nine years of writing and editing a memoir, La Americana ,  I recently scored a book deal with Skyhorse Publishing, a New York-based house with nine imprints and a stellar roster of...

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NATURE/NURTURE
Our 7-year-old son, Marcos, threw a
question at me in the car the other day that I didn't quite know how to answer. “Mom, do I like black beans and rice
and my dad's music because I'm half Cuban or is it just because he has all of
that in the house?” This w...

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TEA WITH TOM (STOPPARD)
In
2001 I was an assistant to the vice president and special events
coordinator at Talk Media, a hybrid magazine/book imprint run by Tina Brown and Harvey Weinstein. My job
was a busy one with occasional perks. Usually it came in the form
of backstage pas...

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THE PERFECT STORM
On Tuesday, December
17 th , it was – finally - the perfect storm. With
Raúl in place of Fidel, Barack in lieu of George W., and a
common-sense, Latin American Pope able to hold both sides
accountable, a fence that was shattered on October 19, 1960 followin...

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THE SKIN WE'RE IN
Photo provided by Dollface by Jules A
few months ago I had an interview with a well-known, West Coast
aesthetician to the stars all lined up to talk multicultural skincare
with me. In preparation, I welcomed questions on my Facebook pages
and the response ...
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